From kindergarten through 12th grade, over 1 million students across New York State eat nutritiously balanced lunches at school each day for free or a reduced price. But what about younger children who are not yet in school and attend child care centers or day care homes? Or what are the meal options for school-aged children after school lets out? This is where CACFP is there to help.
Could your community's children and teens benefit from healthful meals and snacks beyond the school day?
Could your afterschool program be eligible to serve afterschool meals or snacks?
Did you know your afterschool program might be eligible to be reimbursed for the healthy snacks and meals you serve? If the school your program operates (within NYC or outside NYC) serves 50% or more students on free or reduced lunch, be sure to see these resources on the importance of child nutrition programs and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) afterschool meals component to learn more and consider participating. With our partners at the NYS Afterschool Network, we have prepare this detailed FAQ on afterschool meals to support your efforts.